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Top Secret Affair -- Kirk and Susan star in this comedy about a fiery news publisher who knows all about the past of a military diplomat- but instead of discrediting him, she ends up falling in love.


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Release Date:
30 January 1957 (USA) See more »
When she got mad she sizzled...and she was mad! Mad at the general, all of Washington, and herself! See more »
The head of a large publishing empire is dismayed when a top army general is about to be appointed to an atomic energy committee... See more » | Add synopsis »
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In "Top Secret Affair" both Kirk Douglas and Susan Hayward were allowed to do the things that they did best. See more (7 total) »


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Susan Hayward ... Dorothy 'Dottie' Peale

Kirk Douglas ... Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin

Paul Stewart ... Phil Bentley

Jim Backus ... Col. Homer W. Gooch

John Cromwell ... General Daniel A. Grimshaw

Roland Winters ... Sen. Burdick
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Holmes, Dottie's Butler
Michael Fox ... Reporter Laszlo 'Lotzie' Kovach
Frank Gerstle ... Sgt. Kruger

Charles Lane ... Bill Hadley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
June Blair ... Sgt. Ferguson (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Military Counsel (uncredited)
Sydney Chatton ... Drunk at Table (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter / Spectator at Hearing (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Houseman (uncredited)

Franco Corsaro ... Armande (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Man outside Senate Hearing (uncredited)
James Flavin ... American Legionnaire (uncredited)

Terry Frost ... Policeman (uncredited)
Patti Gallagher ... Girl (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Clerk at Senate Hearing (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Mr. Jones, Process Server (uncredited)
Edna Holland ... Myrna Maynard (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Spectator at Senate Hearing (uncredited)
Hugh Lawrence ... Reporter (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Civilian Counsel (uncredited)
Lou Marcelle ... Newsreel Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Charlie (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Spectator at Hearing (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... George W. Radburn (uncredited)
Lyn Osborn ... Stumpy (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Louis Quinn ... Trial Broadcaster (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... German Field Marshal (uncredited)
Lee Choon Wha ... Korean Dignitary (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
H.C. Potter 
Writing credits
John P. Marquand (novel "Melville Goodwin, U.S.A.")

Roland Kibbee 
Allan Scott 

Produced by
Martin Rackin .... producer
Milton Sperling .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Stanley Cortez 
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
Art Direction by
Malcolm C. Bert 
Set Decoration by
William Wallace 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Emmy Eckhardt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Pat O'Grady .... body makeup (uncredited)
Ray Romero .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director
John Prettyman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Goldman .... prop master (uncredited)
Morris Goldman .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Dave DePatie .... sound editor (uncredited)
Irvin Jay .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Jensen .... boom operator (uncredited)
M.A. Merrick .... sound (uncredited)
Paul Reuting .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Gibby Germaine .... best boy (uncredited)
Charles Harris .... grip (uncredited)
Louis Jennings .... camera operator (uncredited)
Floyd McCarty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Florence Albert .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Vic Vallejo .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Flaherty .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator
Gus Levene .... orchestrator
Other crew
Frederick J. Bremerman .... technical advisor (as Lieutenant Colonel Frederick J. Bremerman)
Ted Ashton .... publicist (uncredited)
Sally Lorraine .... stand-in: Susan Hayward (uncredited)
Foster H. Phinney .... stand-in: Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Under the title "Melville Goodwin, USA", the film was to star Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall - both of whom had already filmed costume and makeup tests - but Bogart's terminal illness forced his withdrawal from the project. He was replaced by Kirk Douglas. Bacall withdrew shortly afterward, opting instead to remain at home with her dying husband, and was replaced by Susan Hayward.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shadows (1959)See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
In "Top Secret Affair" both Kirk Douglas and Susan Hayward were allowed to do the things that they did best., 6 March 2007
Author: mhall-17 from United States

In "Top Secret Affair" both Kirk Douglas and Susan Hayward were allowed to do the things that they did best. They were respectively cast as intense, inner directed, talented people in search of soul mates. their initial antagonism (primarily on Hayward's part with Douglas oblivious to it) is based on her misunderstanding of Douglas' true character and personal qualities. In reality both are highly patriotic , driven individuals with only the good of their country at heart. They are perfect partners with matching vitality and values. This is one instance where Hollywood started over from scratch, ignoring the contents of a good book but creating an original piece of light entertainment in the process.

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